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MannyGoldstein

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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 28,657

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Getting Elected as the First Black President Was an Incredible Achievement

With all the kerfuffle over Michael Moore...

When I was a tyke, black Americans were battling against police, dogs, guns and fire hoses for their basic civil rights. Electing a black president was inconceivable.

A few decades later, when a black man with the exotic-sounding name of Barack Hussein Obama announced his run for president, it was still inconceivable. But by hard work and by smart work he won the thing. It speaks volumes that he could do it... and also that the US could do it. There is no doubt that a good bit of racism existed then, and still exists today, but damn!, there's no way that this could have happened a decade or so before that.

So while one could fault Moore's statement as being incorrect, I think it's unfair to call it racist.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 12, 2014, 05:44 PM (2 replies)

What has this country come to?

When "not as bad as Republicans" and "not as bad as George Bush" become serious talking points?

Dear Goddess!

I want us to win. I want things to get better. For you, for me, for our children, for everyone on this planet.

And I'm getting mighty @#$%ing sick of swimming through this river of raw sewage.

That is all.

Please return to your regular programming.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 07:49 PM (57 replies)

The Isolationist Left Needs to Get Real. And Fast.

You people have led sheltered and pampered lives, but the real world is different.

Here's what you need to understand: Iraq al Qaeda the Taliban Iraq again Libya Syria ISIS are the worst people ever on Earth, an incredible threat to humanity.

It is our responsibility to spend a lot of money and risk many American lives to deal with this incredible threat. Fortunately, it will not cost much, nor risk American lives.

We have never faced a threat like this before. If we step up and stop them now, we'll never have to face a threat like this again.

Regards,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 02:17 PM (191 replies)

This time, it will *really* work

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 10:38 PM (2 replies)

Am I the only one who's thrilled that the NFL is tax exempt?

Something like a $billion a year in subsidies from tax payers.

I guess they earn it by running some sort of program for employing people who beat the crap out of their spouses. But I think there may be other programs that are cheaper and more effective.

Whatever.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 10:12 PM (7 replies)

Dear Democratic Leaders: I Propose a Cease-Fire

I, and others who simply want Democrats to act like Democrats, are regularly told that we must stop criticizing elected Democrats, or else Republicans might get elected.

Fair enough.

I propose a cease fire. You people stop attacking me, and I'll stop attacking you.

For example, yesterday I read this delightful piece on DU:

Obama finalizing plans to have your tech job replaced by foreigners

The President is apparently getting ready to unilaterally, using his Executive powers, effectively double the number of H1-B visas granted to foreign workers each year. These visas are used to give technology jobs to lower-paid foreign workers. Having workers who'll accept lower wages drives down tech wages, and increasing the supply of workers in the US pulls wages down even more.

So if Congress won't act to lower tech wages, President Obama will!

Great stuff!

Tell you what, Mr. President and other Democratic leaders: while my assaults on you are simply empty flails on the Internet, your assaults on me and the rest of the 99% have real consequences. Yes, of course there'll be more money for Jamie and Lloyd, as always, but the consequences that I'm more concerned about are joblessness, homelessness, and hunger among us little people.

So, let's make a deal for a cease fire: from this point on, I pledge to not to bring up all the stuff that's bothering me about what you guys have done, and in return, all I ask is that you don't do any new garbage, like effectively doubling H1-B visas, that's clearly an assault on the 99% so the 1% can buy more yachts.

Deal?

I hope so!

And, who knows? If both sides abide by this for long enough, we might actually arrest the continuing decline of the 99%. And maybe we can even start turning things around! Wouldn't that be great!

Your partner in peace,

First-Way Manny

P.S. In case anyone thinks the H1-B program is for anything other than #$%^ing with tech worker wages, take a gander at this:


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 07:36 PM (174 replies)

NBC can do whatever it wants

They can release fake transcripts that have the President calling for Jihad against America, and it would be fine. NBC understands that there are no consequences for attacking most elected Democrats from the right.

Until Democrats smack the hell out of the Right instead of the Left... well, here we are!

Good night!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Sep 9, 2014, 12:47 AM (49 replies)

Black vs. White Americans: who faces greater challenges?

On average, do black or white Americans face greater challenges in America today?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Sep 7, 2014, 11:07 PM (8 replies)

UPDATED WITH APOLOGY: Does anyone else on DU lock the doors to their house and car?

UPDATE:

Spider Jerusalem points out that storing iPhone photos on iCloud is something one needs to opt out of. That's just #%^*ed up.

Based on this, I withdraw my original post and apologize.

Original post is below.

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Keep money in the bank instead of in piles of cash in the living room?

I keep reading that there's nothing wrong in using cloud Internet services to store photos that we don't want others to see. I'm completely in agreement that victims shouldn't be blamed for crimes against them, but I think there is such a thing as using one's head to reduce risk. If I leave gold bars on my lawn and they get stolen...

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Sep 6, 2014, 09:07 AM (73 replies)

Breaking... Ferguson Police Department announces formation of their own bank

In an unrelated development, Eric Holder announced that it might be difficult to staff the ongoing investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, and those kinds of crimes are tough to prove anyway.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:04 PM (28 replies)
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